Senate Democratic Leaders News Conferences CSPAN September 11, 2019 4:57am-5:10am EDT
>> good afternoon everyone thank you for coming. i'm proud to be joined by colleagues feinstein, merkley and hirono. now look we know what happened last month. nasa shootings claimed 51 lines in el paso and dayton to say nothing of the dozens of lives lost everyday. we just wrapped up the caucus and heard a powerful and moving speech from the mayor who drove home the point about how gun violence has scared too many
communities across the country they would hold a debate on gun violence when we turn to washington. we are ready to have that debate right now. enough is enough. too many americans are losing their lives to gun violence. it's time to bring hr eight house passed a bipartisan universal background check d-deltbillto the floor for a vo. it passed the house 195 days a ago. ithe legislative graveyard of person is. we have to have a strong background check to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands in the first place, and there are two people that can make that happen. the president of trump and leader mcconnell. today the republican leaders will meet with president trump. i strongly urge my republican
colleagues to prevail on the president to support universal background checks. they will bring a bill to the floor if it does the president support, which means there is a historic opportunity for president trump to lead his party finally to a passing sensible gun safety law. 93% of americans support background checks. the vast majority of gun owners and republicans support background checks so the president can provide republicans with important political cover to finally dodge the nra, save lives and do the right thing. the question now is whether or not he will allow the senate to consider the house passed background checks on the senate floor. the time to act is now before more lives are lost. when i was in san francisco i went down to the northern police station to see the new
ammunition device which is double-barreled and contains 100 bullets. i also saw how it would be positioned as an assault weapon and then the realization struck up with these weapons do in our society and the caucus that we just finished, we had an opportunity to hear from a number of senators from different states and its remarkable something as simple as a background check wouldn't be something everyone welcomes. this morning i picked up the "washington post" and i saw on page 86 a poll that had been done by the post which shows virtually close to 90% of the american people supporting universal background checks. why can't it happen.
how is it not in the best interest and every man, woman and child in this great country to be protected that way? thank you. >> i'm coming year as a senator from a second amendment state citizens of oregon value of their guns for target practice, hunting, personal defense but it's also a state where the citizens have said we do not want individuals who are deeply disturbed or have fill-in backgrounds to have guns because we have a responsibility to make sure they don't fall into the wrong hands and are not misused. it was in the year 2000 that the legislature closed the gun show loophole. it was in the year 2015 they closed the craigslist loophole
in 2018 just last year that they said if an individual has a restraining order against them or a stalking conviction if they don't have access to be able to buy a gun in our state. i do a lot of town halls. every county, every year 22 of the counties are extremely red. this issue comes up all the time and people strongly support a national system like oregon has developed because without a national system, the wall is not effective. people can just go across the border to another state, people can use a straw buyer so we need a national system, and i tell you i think about the fact that
we have cities ringing in our ears like dayton, el paso 22 dead, 24 wounded, odessa seven dad got 24 wounded. but let's understand this, there is a mass shooting more than once a day in 2019 in the united states of america. a mass shooting where more than four people were shot, so it is time to act now. moments ago, the majority leader came out to the podium and said he is waiting for the president. in the constitution therand thea vision of congress as the legislative body. the president gets on once a cal from the nra and his will collapses.
we need to give the president the spine to sign the bill bypassing it here in the u.s. senate without delay. >> thank you very much. we have 100 deaths by firearm every single day in this country. think about it, men, women, children. these are not normal times. we have a president of lives every single day and surrounds himself with men like mitch mcconnell and in a country that is so deeply divided on so many issues there is one issue in which 90% of the american people agree, and that is background checks. so i asked and he said he has to wait for the president to tell him what to do.
this is the president changes his mind from moment to moment and from day-to-day and the person we are going to wait on rather than acting like the branch of congress pr and enact hr eight which is passed almost 200 days ago? 200 days, 100 people dying every single day in the country. this is very typical of mitch mcconnell because there are bills he should be bringing to the floor but he loves waiting around for the president to tell him what to do. this happened on the shutdown, and now 90% of the american people support background checks and he is doing it on gun safe safety. so, we are standing here saying to mitch mcconnell, asking him, telling him do your job. we shouldn't be seeing 104 people die in the country every
single day. do something. >> i would say there's one word that describes mitch mcconnell on this vital issue of life and death and that is dark because he's saying what the president decide but then he was asked here do you support universal background checks. he is afraid of this issue but that isn't what the leader should be doing. >> our goal is to get a vote and senator blumenthal is working on a red flag law. we don't want to call it a red flag. >> [inaudible] >> extreme protection we want to call that. the house has a very strong bill. we don't know where these
negotiations between senator blumenthal and senator graham will come but we are insisting on a vote on background checks because if you have an extreme protection law and someone has an order against them and there is no background check, john jones can go to a gun show or online and buy it anyway so you need background checks to make an extreme protection law to make it work. i heard him say poison pills is the reason. but isn't the reason. their proposal which didn't work out puts $12 billion more for the wall. that isn't going to happen. that is what is causing other problems he added 5 billion to get out and put it into the dhs. they took 3.6 billion with the
others they used before and 3.6 million new. they knew well that a 12 billion-dollar additional money for the la wall is not gog to fly with senate democrats or the house. so they ought to get some serious negotiating now that they've shown the president that they are paying a little more attention to him. >> shame on him, there were people that died. put the bill on the floor and stop ducking the issue and calling names. shame on him. thank you, everybody.